The Words Are There

Theatre (new writing, physical theatre)

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Mick awaits Trish. He stands in his little seaside flat in oh-so-dreamy Bettystown, Ireland: like that little town in Murder She Wrote. Life has left Mick speechless, but in his silence there lies a story. Amidst childhood falsehoods and fragmented memories, he struggles to find the words for a very important day. A compelling and timely new piece of comic/tragic physical theatre delving into a lesser learned side of domestic abuse. 'Hilarious... Compelling... Riveting... Magic. Don’t deal in regret, go see it! Soul-stirringly good' ***** (

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Eleanor 110 days ago

A real hidden gem here. Beautifully performed and totally enthralling from the first few seconds. Incredible acting and thoughtful use of effects. A must see!!

Catherine Henderson 110 days ago

this is an impressive bit of acting. you cannot help but ache for the character being portrayed. we were completely engrossed in this performance. even my husband was choked by the end. well done.

Is She 111 days ago

Incredible show, totally gripping and immensely moving. Simple, yet simply beautiful.

Geoff Allan 112 days ago

I saw this afternoon’s performance and was excellent work with powerful resonance.

Lily Carr 122 days ago

I enjoyed today's show immensely! "The words are there" tells the story of emotional abuse, kindness, love and trauma and touched me deeply. I was incredibly impressed with Ronan Dempsey's superb facial and physical acting, which filled 60 minutes easily in my opinion.
I must say that it might not be everybody's cup of tea, as it could be described as a very minimalist play with not a lot of "action", but nonetheless, I found it an extraordinary modern play that is definitely in the top 5 of my Edinburgh Fringe recommendations 2019!!

David Murphy 122 days ago

The words were there and many of them came from a mop. Our first show this year and it left us moved and uplifted. The acting was excellent and the story was life affirming albeit strangely sad. A very fitting start to our festival and one we hope gets the success it deserves from this new to the fringe group. Well worthy of 4 stars.

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ScotsGay 101 days ago

To observe the narrative behind the story of Mick (represented by Ronan Dempsey) and girlfriend Trish (represented in mop form) is to be privy to the display of emotional abuse that ensues throughout their relationship. Not only this, but it is to recognise the subversion of relationship dynamics. It displays...

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Broadway Baby (5/5 stars) 107 days ago

The Words Are There is a moving and innovative piece of physical theatre that appeals both for its approach to male domestic abuse, and for its style of performance. Both are thanks to writer/director Ronan Dempsey from Nth Degree Productions.The play is an example of the quite rare Theatre of...

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Southside Advertiser (4/5 stars) 109 days ago

This one-man production, written and performed by Ronan Dempsey, is a combination of physical theatre and mime, but it is also so much more than that. At times touching, at other times comic, Dempsey’s very expressive facial and body language reminded me of silent movies, but silent movies would never have dealt with such a subject.

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Everything Theatre (4/5 stars) 114 days ago

Owning the stage, Dempsey embodies this transition and the pressing subject matter with compelling physical mastery, building a blistering drama with only his body and a few props. Entirely absorbed in his character, he delivers an unforgettable performance.

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FringeReview 115 days ago

A slight young man, Mick prepares for a party or a celebration. He seems nervous, of a sweet disposition and through silent physical storytelling he meets Trish, a young woman, for the first time. Recorded voiceover of Mick’s dialogue with Trish plays while Mick interacts with her. Ronen Dempsey from...

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The List (5/5 stars) 116 days ago

A vital piece of physical theatre about male domestic violence...

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Edinburgh Guide (3/5 stars) 117 days ago

A glimpse into the less talked about struggle of men who experience domestic abuse from their female partners, this is a piece of physical theatre that slowly, and initially quietly, draws the audience in. However, once the voiceover starts and the mass of words keep coming, it becomes an interesting...

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 122 days ago

The Words are There is a solo show brought to the stage by Ronan Dempsey. It is also a silent show. But as the title suggests, the words do exist. The boy (played by Dempsey) meets the girl, Trish, and they plan to live happily ever after in Bettystown, by...

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